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Overwatch fan creates chilling new hero concept

Published: 13/Jun/2019 0:26 Updated: 13/Jun/2019 0:35

by Bill Cooney

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A creative Overwatch fan has made a completely original hero inspired by one of the game’s Deathmatch maps – Petra.

The last new Overwatch hero released was Baptiste, and it seems to have been just long enough ago for fans to start thinking about their own original heroes again.

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So Overwatch fan and artist Armando Gonzalez-Dorta decided to share his original design for a hero named ‘Mesha’ that comes from the Deathmatch map Petra.

Armando Gonzalez-DortaAna’s Tal Mask skin has nothing on Mesha.

“You call this archeology?”

Mesha, besides looking very awesome, even comes with his own lore, which explains that he started out as an explorer who came across an old mask and put it on, before realizing an ancient Omnic was stored inside, which took over his body.

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The mask is pretty creepy, and definitely the defining feature of the hero. For a weapon, Mesha has what looks like a grenade launcher with some kind of orange goo inside.

On his back is a container with the same goo, so it seems pretty likely that it’s at least one of the things his weapon can fire.

Gonzalez-Dorta even included an alternate skin for the hero that might somehow be even more unsettling than the original skin.

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Armando Gonzalez-Dorta“On second thought, could you put the mask back on?”

Overall the hero design looks great and like a hero you would want to avoid going 1v1 against in a dark back alley on Busan.

Armando Gonzalez-DortaWe don’t know what the orange goo does, but it probably isn’t good.

When does the next Overwatch hero come out?

Overwatch Director Jeff Kaplan confirmed that we would be getting Hero 31 sometime this summer, but he didn’t get any more specific than that.

We still have no concrete idea of what or who Hero 31 could be, but the mysterious Omnic featured at the end of the Storm Rising mission came out of nowhere as an early favorite.

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Whatever or whoever Hero 31 ends up being, they’ll have a hard time being more intimidating than Gonzalez-Dorta’s ‘Mesha’.

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.